It was not their best performance.
After putting itself in the best possible position to win their first-ever Valley Oak League game, Lathrop forfeited its 10-point lead and needed to fend off a stubborn East Union club in a 42-40 win Tuesday at Dalben Center.
George Contente figured his Ripon High's girls basketball team was going to have its hands full when it hosted Hilmar for a Trans-Valley League opener Tuesday.
The most challenging part to the Southern League opener for Ripon Christian was likely making the long trek to Mariposa. Once the Knights showed up it was all business, cruising to an easy 55-33 win in both teams' league openers.
Sierra's boys basketball squad made its fourth trip to Sonora in seven days Tuesday, and the Timberwolves returned home with their 10th straight victory.
When the Valley Oak League boys basketball season gets underway tonight, the league will break down into two groups. In one group six teams, East Union, Manteca, Lathrop, Kimball and Oakdale will vie to separate themselves from one another. And in the other group will be Sierra and Weston Ranch.
One victory separated three teams in the final Valley Oak League girls basketball standings a season ago. And if defending league champions Manteca High, Weston Ranch and East Union are linked together like sausage again in 2012, it will not be a surprise.
It was a year of "first time evers" and "first time in a long times" in Manteca area sports.
The Sierra High boys basketball squad captured the Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic crown Friday at Columbia College.
Throughout the West Coast Jamboree the Weston Ranch girls basketball team was able to put up quality showings against each tournament opponent, but that was not the case in the Cougars' 61-39 loss to Monte Vista in the championship round of the Tanzanite Division.
Jim Agostini wanted to see how his East Union girls basketball team's conditioning and depth would hold up on the fourth and final day of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament Friday at Tracy High.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team finished with a more-than-respectable third-place effort in the Modesto Christian Holiday Classic Friday, defeating the tournament host in overtime, 79-77. It was the second time in as many years that the Cougars defeated Modesto Christian in overtime.
Manteca High's freshman boys basketball team mounted a 17-6 run in the third quarter en route to beating rival Sierra 48-38 and claiming the Block M Tournament championship Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian was eager to defend its home court in its own tournament.
Sierra has done some of its best work against top teams so far, and Thursday was no different.
The stars shined Friday at Manteca High's raucous Winter Gym, but it was the play of the less heralded players that was the difference ...
RIPON - Ripon Christian exploded on a 16-0 run in the second half Friday to trim a 20-point deficit to four in the fourth quarter, but ...
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch survived a scare Friday night, needing a 14-4 flurry in the third quarter to ward off Sierra, 49-41.
RIPON - In a 9-0 Ripon run to start the second quarter Friday, Sarah Thompson converted one steal in into a transition basket and Reina Sausedo ...
Aron Navarette led a second-half Manteca comeback with four goals Thursday as the Buffaloes came from behind to beat visiting Lathrop 4-2 in boys Valley ...
The Sac-Joaquin Section announced Thursday that Manuel Pires is one of its six Model Coaches for the 2016-17 school year.
Sierra accomplished almost all that it wanted to for three quarters against Junior Ballard and visiting Lathrop on Thursday.
MODESTO - East Union's boys basketball team followed one of its worst efforts of the season with its best.
LATHROP - After allowing its previous opponent to shoot 33 free throws in a loss, Lathrop's girls basketball team made it a point to scale ...
East Union High remains in the thick in the Valley Oak League race.
Rhiannon Genilla can make lemonade out of lemons.
Manteca High's Loretta Kakala was one of hundreds of nominees watching the 40th Annual McDonald's All-American Game selection show Sunday evening on ESPNU ...
It is good to have a Tydus in your tank.
East Union needed just 15 seconds to test Sierra freshman goalkeeper Michaela Bitle, who was filling in for ailing starter Callie Crain (shoulder) in Tuesday ...
NEWMAN - The Southern League-leading Ripon Christian girls soccer team got untracked early and often in its 5-0 drubbing of Orestimba on Tuesday.